Interviews

A few interviews from our houses.
Talita Cumi, rehabilitation center for addicted young women.
Chris, 18 years old, has been living with us for 4 months.
Looking back, what are you grateful for?
Answ.- First to God, because He saved me from death when He brought me here. I get breakfast, lunch, tea and support and love the food. Before on the streets I ate nothing or only every so often.
What are you glad about?
Answ.- That I am recovering and that I am being treated by a doctor. And that I am in Talita Cumi and that they love me, also that I started studying again.
What did you achieve in this time?
Answ.- Changing little by little, I am not so terribly scared that my mum will discover I am here. I know I am protected here and that they are working to get my identity papers.
 
Jane, 24 years old, has lived with us for over 2 years with her little boy.
What was the best thing that happened this year?
Answ.- That I was able to tell my mum and my family that my first son was taken from me by child services because of my bad behavior. To my surprise they didn’t judge me but understood me. That I passed the entry exam for the University (Social work) and that I already have held a job for 11 months and am in the last rehab stage. (accompanied living)
What did you achieve in this time?
Answ.- That I overcame the fear to tell the truth to my family, that I am in the last stage of rehabilitation and that I can manage my time, living space and resources well.
 
Ana M., 21 years old, has lived with us for 1 month, before which she was in Jesed with her partner.
Looking back, what are you grateful for?
Answ. That I always received help, the doors of Mission Adulam were never closed for me.
What had the most impact this year?
That I discovered that I have the illness (HIV), but I want to be strong and look ahead both for myself and for my little girl.
 
Jesed, rehabilitation center for addicted young couples.
John, 23 years old, and Ella, 21 years old, have lived with us for 1 month.
Looking back, what are you grateful for?
Answ.- Ella: Soon I will hold a new baby in my arms. I want to take good care of it which, sadly, I was incapable of doing for my other children, I abandoned them or left them to die and I don't want the same story to be repeated. For this baby I want to care, love him and later try to get my daughter back and be a good mother. *daughter is in the hands of child services.
What are you glad about?
Answ.- John: That I don’t use drugs anymore, have a roof over my head and food to eat. That I soon will be a dad and that God gives me the chance to change, I know I need to make the most of that chance.
What had the most impact this year?
Answ.- John: The pregnancy of my partner and that I was able to get away from the streets. I was close to dying as I had used a great deal of drugs when my daughter was taken away from us, my life was meaningless. The hope to have another baby helped me to leave the streets.
* to be on the streets = live with a group in a makeshift shelter and in the daytime steal, beg, sometimes work and use drugs.
 
Adulam, rehabilitation center for addicted teenage boys.
Chris, 14 years old, has lived with us for 6 months.
Looking back, what are you grateful for?
Answ.- For my mum and uncles, and that I am in Adulam, and that I have learnt more things about God.
What was the best thing that happened this year?
Answ.- That I went into the next stage of rehabilitation, for the contact with my family and my mum. Also for the meetings I participated in at the conference of the church and that I was baptized.
 
Rodri, 16 years old, has been living with us for 11 months.
Looking back, what are you grateful for?
Answ.- For the support, for the opportunities I was given, for the counsel and advice I receive from the group leaders. Also for the material that I get to make friendship bands and create new designs.
What did you achieve in this time?
Answ.- That I went into the next stage of rehabilitation, and that I can study and do a short technical course. That I am regaining the trust of my family and above all that I am still “Bolivarist”.
* Boliviar is an important football team.
 
José L., 14 years old, has lived with us for 4 months.
Looking back, what are you grateful for?
Answ. Grateful to the Lord that He made it possible for me to be in Adulam and turn my life around.
What had the most impact this year?
Answ. That I am in Adulam and can learn a different lifestyle with the help of the brethren and above all that I am off the streets. *street also often means be part of a gang.
What did you achieve in this time?
Answ. That I decided to change my life because otherwise I might have been in jail now or dead.